Buffel/Tifton Mix Hay?

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Buffel/Tifton Mix Hay?

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    09-14-2011, 11:54 AM
Buffel/Tifton Mix Hay?

Is this good hay for horses? It is fertilized and irrigated. I'm in Texas, so we have really slim pickings when it comes to hay right now since 99% of the state is in a drought and the wildfires are eating up hayfields.

I've read that buffel hay can cause "big head disease" in horses (never heard of it before looking up this hay) because it has something in it that prevents the horse's body from absorbing and using all of the calcium that it eats. That's my main concern with this hay, but I'm wondering if the Tifton 85 would offset that. I read that you can also feed a calcium supplement to offset this, so I could do that as well.

I'm mainly curious about you guys' opinions on Buffel hay. I've never heard of it before and I haven't been able to find too much information about it.
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    09-14-2011, 07:59 PM
Never heard of that Buffel hay. Tifton 9 alone would be a good hay. Hay is a problem all over anymore.
    09-15-2011, 02:05 PM
Originally Posted by stevenson    
Never heard of that Buffel hay. Tifton 9 alone would be a good hay. Hay is a problem all over anymore.
I decided not to go with the Buffel hay. It seems too risky. I found another place that has angleton/coastal hay but I can't find anything at all about that hay.

If I could find straight coastal anywhere, I'd be happy.
    09-22-2011, 03:26 AM
Haven't heard of Tifton, but you're right about buffel being one of those that can cause bighead. You can get supps to apparently counter the effects of the calcium deficiency/suppression, but don't personally know much about bighead at all. I wouldn't tend to go for fertilised - at least recently - pasture either, as this tends to mean super phos. Which also suppresses/imbalances minerals.
    09-22-2011, 09:33 PM
Seedland.com has lots of info about different forages. There is a grass called buffalo grass. And tifton 9 is a Bahia grass I think, it is a good grass. I wish I could get the seed here. No one carries it.

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